Panel 10: Rising Seas, Refugees, Cities
Delineating Climate Change Planning in Urban Governance: An Analysis of Where and How Vulnerabilities Get Addressed
Alison Kenner and Kerri Yandrich, Drexel University & State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
This talk assesses how climate change planning (CCP) attends to existing political capabilities and public health vulnerabilities. The authors will discuss a framework, based on existing climate justice and “health in all policies” scholarship, that can be used to steer and assess CCP at the city-level (more).
Rising Sea Levels and Low Lying Islands in 2050
Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa
This talk presents what the situation of low-lying island states is projected to be by 2050. It will outline the key issues related to rising sea levels, which include not only flooding of housing but also the salination of limited drinking water and of agricultural lands making life on remote islands increasingly unsustainable, and the solutions being put forward to them by Pacific Islanders (more).
Not to be Written, but absorbed; Oceanic Futures in 2050
Melody Jue, University of California, Santa Barbara
Moving beyond the medial paradigm of writing, this talk proposes a new way to tell the narrative of the state of oceans in 2050. It will incorporate the speaker’s own underwater footage of local kelp forests and the coastal environment in this talk, in order to persuasively show how the ocean changes the medial paradigm from writing to ‘absorption’ through which we imagine and talk about the future in 2050 (more).
Modeling Environmental Benefits on Health in a More Urbanized World
Rick Thomas, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
This talk explores the role urban greenspace can play in improving health. It explains the necessity of a way to model the benefits these spaces can provide in order to make informed decisions on the best type, quantity, and distribution parks in cities. This presentation will walk through why such a model is necessary, what it would look like and what it would accomplish (more).
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